Praying to obtain in the name of Christ as taught by anti-types in Jacob and Esau.
In Genesis 25 Jacob disguised himself like his twin brother Esau and went to their father Isaac on his death bed. Isaac was dressed like Esau, smelled like Esau and spoke in the name of Esau. In this way he obtained a notable inheritance.
Jacob tricked his father Isaac in this way and he inherited everything Esau was to have. So much so in fact that there was “not even a morsel” left for Esau so he wept. Esau was the firstborn so all the father had was rightfully his, but Jacob stole it by presenting himself as Esau to their father.
Scripture is given to us to make visible the invisable. To understand our new reality in Christ. He is our real estate. His estate is around long after all others are gone and we are joint heirs of the things of God allocated to Christ, His firstborn.
God who spoke light into darkness, made contrasts for us the Elect to know our glorious estate and our Heavenly inheritance through types and anti-types by way of revelation.
This picture of Jacob and Esau is an anti-type demonstrating spiritual principles through contrasts. We use these tools to unlock mysteries kept secret from the foundations of the world.
Like Jesus said “many prophets and righteous men desired to hear what you hear and see what you see”, but did not. They could not figure out these principles. God has reserved this special form of fascination for us, “The Elect” to glory in.
This is how we go to the Father in the name of Christ. Because to the Father, we look, sound, smell and feel like “The Only Begotten when we go with His words in His name, amen”.
As Jesus said “ask the Father anything in My name and He will do it”, as long as we don’t go in our own name, because that old person doesn’t have an account there to get the things “in Christ”.
Like father Isaac with Jacob, he believed Jacob was Esau his favorite son. In the same way we obtain everything that God has given to His only Begotten. That is the lesson of Jacob praying as if he were Esau, we pray as if we were Jesus.
We pray as if we are Jesus because we have put Him on one scripture at a time and one attribute after another until we are perfectly disguised as Him. We look like Him and sound like Him with a scent like Him. We are a sweet fragrance to our Heavenly Father as we disguise ourselves like the only Begotten. In this way are “hidden in Christ”.
These characteristics are made known to us by His Word we call scripture.
Here is another key principle to understand. If we pray for something, and God shows you the provision in scripture, and you keep praying for it, you insult Him. Because here it is not Satan who says “hath God really said” but you operating on Satan’s behalf. This is why Jesus said to Peter “get behind me Satan for you are not mindful of the things of God but of men. So that part of us has no credence with the Father. He does not recognize the old person.
For this reason Paul said “old things have passed away and all things have become new. We are a new creation in Christ Jesus. He is the operative by which all things are made new.
If you understood that “we have been given everything that pertains to life and Godliness through the knowledge of Him who has called us to Glory by virtue, that through these exceedingly prescious promises, we are partakers of the divine nature having (already) escaped the corruption that is in the world through lusts.” Then you shouldn’t feel like a beggar or a thief to receive all of what Peter described in the preceeding verses.
This truth should silence most futile prayers if you understood this. You would thank God instead of asking Him for something you’ve already been given, but just haven’t paid attention or believed yet.
God is not gonna allow your request in His Sons name to fall on the ground if you do so. That would violate His promises.
The contrast of sacrifices.
Just as Esau offered up dead sacrifices, we have another contrast to learn from. We offer not dead animals, or dead works of the flesh, being our own good deeds. No no, we offer up living things. Christ was our onetime sacrifice for all our shortcomings because they are many. Now we are living sacrifices Holy and acceptable to God which is our reasonable form of worship, so that we can bring forth praise to Him who has called us out of darkness to stand in His Glorious light.
The Father sees a reflection of His Son in us. What was passed on to us with Adam and Esau, is cancelled out by the cross, thereby having unhindered access to God our Father. This was to be our focus as Christ told Mary to tell us. Go tell the disciples that I have ascended to My God and your God, and to My Father and your Father. So there should be no confusion as to if we have permission to do this. Can you receive this? Then the words the Jesus spoke to the disciples should encourage you. “Ask the Father anything in My name and He will do it. Wow!
It is the old Covenant law that offers up dead animals, that Paul correctly calls the covenant of death. We offer up the first living, being the Resurrected living Lord. This makes our Father happy because He lives, we live.
These are contrasts. Esau offered dead animal so Isaac could die. We offer to our Father Jesus so we can live.
So just as Jacob was instructed by his mother to be the elder and the heir in Esuas stead by fraud, we are instructed by Christ’s comforter, teacher and other parent because Jesus said “I will not leave you orphans”, we have His Helper instruct us to Go to The Son of God’s Father by putting on Christ. By going to The Father in His name.
Even as He told the disciples “ask The Father anything in My name and He will do it. Why? Because if we go to the Father and look, talk, smell and feel like His Son, He treats us like His Son. And not only that, but even the angels behold the face of The Father in these little ones and honors their request. As amazing as this sounds, this is why scripture says “we are joint heirs of the things of God in Christ Jesus. The power operative is being “in Christ”.
If you remember, you vowed at your baptism to be buried in the likeness of the death of Jesus to be raised from the dead and walk in newness of life. So you have to come disguised as Christ, and you get everything like Jacob did with Esua. If you remember, there was not one morsal left for Esau.
You know what that means. If you go to God in your old self, you know the dead man, God does not hear you. That person is dead to the things of God. You have no merit with God. Only Jesus Christ does. He defeated death and gives us the victory. That is why we must be found “in Christ”. That is our new family name. We are a new creation in Christ Jesus, old things pass away, all things become new.
To become young and new. Forever new because what God has for us never fades as we put on Christ and come in His name, His nature is our new nature in the likeness of Christ, a perfect person. (Ephesians 4.13) Not our person but the one we put on. Like Jacob put animal skins on his hands to appear course to his father.
Like Jacob obtained Esau’s inheritance as he presented himself as Esau, we obtain everything “in Christ” by presenting ourselves to God the Father in Christ’s name. This is what it means to be “in Christ”. This is how we disassociate from the sin nature passed on to all humanity from Adam in the Garden of Eden. Like Jacob at the instruction of his mother, he put on everything he could to imitate his brother.
And that is what the Holy Spirit does for us. As Christ said “I will not leave you orphans, I will send My Helper “the Holy Spirit will come, take what is Mine and declare it to you”. And “the Holy Spirit will come and teach you all things”, of the “old things pass away, all things become new in Christ” described in 2 Corinthians 5.18
With Jacob there had to be a death before he activated his full inheritance. So too for us. Christ took our death to give us his life. As it says in Hebrews of a will and testament, that it is of no value as long as the testator lives, but after the death, the testament is in full force, showing for us that we have it all now.
Paul said in Ephesians “in whom also we have (already) obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of His own will:
Furthermore, if you learn to see in contrasts, you could see that as Christ took our curse to the cross as symbolized by the crown of thorns, indicative of when God told Adam “the earth will now yeild thorns and thistles” because of his new disposition. There was a trade that took place at the cross, one crown for another. He took ours to give us His crown of Glory.
As Christ talked to God the Father in John 17,20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; (meaning you who are hearing today) 21 that they all may be one (to have all things in common, joint ownership); as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory,which thou hast given me: for thou loved me before the foundation of the world.
If we can except that, the Father sees Christ in us, then we can learn whatever Christ had belongs to us as well, and He gave it to us as seen here. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever, you ask the Father in my name, He will give it you. 24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”
You see untill this point the disciples prayed in their own name with their own merits. But praying in Christ’s name is to put Christ on like Isaac put on Esau and used Esau’s name and got everything.
So, when we go to the heavenly father on our own merit what do we get? Well the answer is nothing because on our own merit we don’t have anything. Even the best we can do and after we’ve done everything right and we lay that before they heavenly father as a reason to do something for us, that is still not good enough. you see the only thing that grants us anything and any access is Faith and faith in the son of God. We ask the Father in the name of Christ. Just as Jacob made himself smell like animal by what he put on, the role reversal is true for us as well. We put on the sweet smell of Christ our savior and His Father sees Him in ourselves and grants our petition.
When we go to the father we pray for things, we have to absolve ourselves and cleanse our self from trying to lay anything of our efforts at His feet as though he should do something because anytime we do this this is a big insult. Because if you had or we had any wherewithal to do anything right at all Christ would not have had to go to the cross, and because He went to the cross that means that that’s the only merit that we have to stand before the heavenly father. He sees a reflection of Himself in us. This is what we do when we put on Christ, in this is how we obtain salvation, the full restoration process. “All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God”. We could not be accused of missing the glory if we did not have the capacity. In Christ this capacity is restored, and to continue in the Gospel, Glory is obtained. As scripture confirms that “we are being transfigured from the Glory to the Glory as by the Spirit”.
Therefore, when we pray in Christ’s name, we can say heavenly father I… Have nothing in my account, but I come to thee in the name of your only begotten son I’ve been asked you for this….in doing so the father is most pleased because if you are going to open your mouth and sacrifice something it has to be something of importance in the only thing that’s important to him is his son. That’s why we need to be in the sun. And never trample his courts with merits of our own and groveling over our own best efforts, we still have to walk in the spirit. So, when we pray in the name of Christ limit not be so cliche.
now the second aspect of praying in the name of Christ, is that you never approached the father with a fear of anything else but him. Even as Isaiah said, of God let me be your dread let me be your fear. Because if we are walking where we’re supposed to be in the spirit, and residing with the father, how in the world is there anything that could ever Curtis or harm us? for he is the one that said I will never leave you or forsake you. And what shall separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus Hite death Powers principality things present things to come? No, we are more than victorious through him who loves us.
Hhen we stand Before the throne if you remember when God the Father addressed Adam heard his voice and was afraid and God said Adam where are you? SO2 for us when we approach God In fear he says where are you? Because you’re not standing in the strength of the Spirit by which he is caused you to be. We have to express our faith in this way because God has given us love power and a sound mind, in approaching God In fear he knows we are in our carnal nature and it’s not so much that he rejects us but it is a double-minded person who is unstable in all their ways, let them not think they’ll receive anything from the Lord.
It is an insult to God to plead with him orchard place your fears there is no he needs to deal with it. God has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness and that also includes a place free from fear. fear is the enemy of Faith or he who fears has not been perfected in love says first John.so there was also the parable about being able to move mountains into the sea if you had faith of a mustard seed, and if you learn these two key principles when speaking to the father you will find your prayer life much more rewarding. In the name of the son of God Amen.
Faith dispels all fears.
Father I thank you for giving me your son, and it allowed me to be in your son, and as Isaac received the full inheritance of Esau, I recognized and rejoice that I received the full inheritance in Christ by putting on Christ.